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Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Music Server Review

Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Music Server Review

I began my journey into computer audio in 2004 with the introduction of the...

dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

I think it is fair to say that in the eighteen or so months...

T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2014 Coverage

T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2014 Coverage

Initial Impressions THE Show (Newport Beach) 2014 was a breath of fresh air (at...

AURALiC TAURUS Balanced Output Headphone Amplifier Review

AURALiC TAURUS Balanced Output Headphone Amplifier Review

Several months ago I reviewed the AURALiC VEGA DAC, and found it to be...

Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeaker

Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeaker

Audience is perhaps best known for their interconnects, speaker cables, and power cords, and...

Daily News and Reviews

Lamm Industries LL1 Signature Line Preamplifier

August 1, 2014
Lamm Industries LL1 Signature Line Preamplifier

Robert J. Reina has posted a review of the Lamm Industries LL1 Signature line preamplifier ($42,790) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “In the LL1 Signature line-stage preamplifier, Vladimir Lamm has stunningly executed a stunning design. The LL1′s flawless sound is impressive, but I remain floored by the several areas in which it achieved levels of...
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Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

August 1, 2014
Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

Herb Reichert has posted a review of the Rogue Audio Sphinx integrated amplifier ($1295) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “As I type this conclusion, I’m listening to the Ensemble Musica Nova playing the motets of Guillaume de Machaut (CD, Zig Zag-Territories ZZT 021002), with the Sphinx integrated driving the KEF LS50s via my most modest...
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VPI Industries Nomad Turntable

August 1, 2014
VPI Industries Nomad Turntable

Enjoy the Music has posted a round-robin review of the VPI Nomad turntable ($999). The consensus: “It is time for you to discover what we high-end types have known for decades. If you want to be true to your music, you should consider getting a turntable. The VPI Nomad is great for those on...
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Viola Audio Labs Spirito Preamplifier

August 1, 2014
Viola Audio Labs Spirito Preamplifier

The Viola Spirito offers a level of transparency and musicality that is truly state-of-the-art. It’s modular design uses an open architecture to give the maximum flexibility for upgrading and expansion. To ensure the greatest isolation from mains borne noise, it employs a choke input filter type power supply, housed in a separate chassis. Simple...
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Synergistic Research ECT Electronic Circuit Transducers

August 1, 2014
Synergistic Research ECT Electronic Circuit Transducers

Steven Plaskin has posted a review of the Synergistic Research ECT Electronic Circuit Transducers ($299 set of 5) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “Resolution and transparency of the DACs and system seemed to improve with use of the ECTs. Background silence was also enhanced with the use of the ECTs in both of my DACs....
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ALO Studio Six Headphone Amplifier

August 1, 2014
ALO Studio Six Headphone Amplifier

Stephen Hornbrook has posted a review of the ALO Audio Studio Six headphone amplifier ($3900) at Secret of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The ALO Studio Six is one of my new favorites for powering the illustrious Audeze headphones. The combination is straight up intoxicating. It might be slight overkill for the...
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Job Pre2 Preamplifier

July 31, 2014
Job Pre2 Preamplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Job Pre2 preamplifier ($1695) at 6moons. His conclusions: “For this system, Job’s neutral very quick well-lit action coupled to superbly controlled bass as the antithesis of bloated or fattened up and very ‘visible’ high-register purity was very much an ideal complement. Take the teenybopper Twilight saga...
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Clones Audio 25p Power Amplifier

July 31, 2014
Clones Audio 25p Power Amplifier

Andre Mark has posted a review of the Clones Audio 25p power amplifier ($740) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “Can a $740 amplifier be perfect? Nope. But the 25p offers pleasures that are seriously beyond anything you could imagine at this price point, and a good distance beyond. It gives up the last...
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iFi Audio iTube Preamplifier

July 31, 2014
iFi Audio iTube Preamplifier

Paul Mah has posted a review of the iFi Audio iTube preamplifier ($299) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “Using both the preamp and buffer does not sound good. No, the combination sounds shockingly good! Does the sound quality approach the best (read expensive) preamplifiers I’ve heard? Don’t be silly. What the iTube provides is a...
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Well Tempered Amadeus Mk.II Turntable

July 31, 2014
Well Tempered Amadeus Mk.II Turntable

Art Dudley has posted a review Well Tempered Amadeus Mk.II turntable ($2800) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “For the Amadeus Mk.II—and for all other turntables they currently offer—Well Tempered Lab offers an optional premium power supply called the DPS ($400). This nice-looking outboard box, more or less the size of a small meat loaf, has...
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Reite Audio PS-1 MC Phono Preamplifier and PSU-1 Power Supply

July 31, 2014
Reite Audio PS-1 MC Phono Preamplifier and PSU-1 Power Supply

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Reite Audio PS-1 MC phono preamplifier ($3900) and PSU-1 power supply ($1900) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “So here’s what I conclude: Reite Audio designer Bob Reite is an extremely talented designer. Using mostly modest quality parts housed in generic, flimsy folded sheet metal chassis, he’s produced...
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Wyred 4 Sound mPRE Preamplifier-DAC

July 31, 2014
Wyred 4 Sound mPRE Preamplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Wyred 4 Sound mPRE preamplifier-DAC ($1099) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “The Wyred 4 Sound mPRE is a very fine, value-priced analog preamp that also has a built-in DAC. As an analog preamp, the mPRE’s performance is far better than its price tag would indicate and rivals...
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HiFiMAN Launches New HE-400i Headphones

July 30, 2014
HiFiMAN Launches New HE-400i Headphones

HiFiMAN, a leading designer/manufacturer of high performance headphones and portable audio products, announced their newest full-size planar magnetic headphone, the HE-400i, intended for high performance listening in the home or studio. Replacing the company’s highly popular HE-400, the new HiFiMAN model will retail for $499 MSRP and is available to order now with delivery...
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Triangle Theta Signature Loudspeaker

July 30, 2014
Triangle Theta Signature Loudspeaker

Foo Marn Hing has posted a review of the Triangle Theta Signature loudspeakers ($4200/pair) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “That the Triangle Theta Signature seems to be friendly towards low-powered tube amps would certainly interest the SET crowd. While the Thetas come with a price tag to go with all its qualities, in the world...
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McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

July 30, 2014
McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

Michael Mercer and Michael Liang have posted a review of the McIntosh MHA100 headphone amplifier ($) at Audio360. Their conclusions: “In the beginning I was skeptical of the MHA100 mainly because of the speakers output feature. I wanted so badly for McIntosh to make a dedicated headphone amplifier I saw very little if any...
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AudioValve Verto Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier

July 30, 2014
AudioValve Verto Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier

Introduction The headphone market is growing. There are exciting new high end models available. But one thing remains unchanged – STAX headphones are still one of the most interesting offers in the high end market. STAX is a strong brand with a long history. And we are convinced also with a bright future. Many...
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Focal Spirit Classic Headphones

July 30, 2014
Focal Spirit Classic Headphones

Dennis Davies has posted a review of the Focal Spirit Classic headphones ($399) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “They’re as comfortable as anything on the market, and they will still look good long after B&W’s current designs look dated. Unlike the PSB M4U-2, they lack noise canceling, but make up for it with...
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Linnenberg Maestro Headphone Amplifier

July 30, 2014
Linnenberg Maestro Headphone Amplifier

The MAESTRO is a direct descendant of the critically acclaimed spa1 headphones amplifier. Serving the demands of discerning headphone aficionados, the unit was designed for an outstanding listening experience with any type of dynamic and planar-magnetic headphones. Furthermore, the MAESTRO is the heart of any HIGH END stereo system by providing a state of...
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Grado PS1000e Headphones

July 30, 2014
Grado  PS1000e Headphones

Robert H. Levi has posted a review of the Grado PS1000e headphones ($1695) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “New to audiophiles, headphone aficionados, and recording engineers comes a newly reimagined top of the line headphone from Grado called the 1000e, replacing the 1000. With no increase in price, you might think the improvement in...
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EXOGAL Launches New Comet DAC

July 29, 2014
EXOGAL Launches New Comet DAC

The EXOGAL Comet is a high performance DAC. The base configuration includes balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, digital volume control, and asynchronous USB input. Just connect your computer, or other digital/analog source, and experience exceptional audiophile quality sound. Audio signals are processed using EXOGAL up-sampling and filtering technology. The USB input can accept up...
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